Letter to Editor: Cynical Piece of Tokenism

Item date: 
April 12, 2012

Re: Heritage homes dismantled for Highway 407 extension to Oshawa, April 9

In an age when Ontario’s unique legacy of historic architecture is disposed of like garbage, this is the worst and most cynical piece of tokenism by the Ministry of Transportation I’ve heard of yet. A small percentage of the toll on Highway 407 could easily pay the loan for moving, restoring and repurposing each of these irreplaceable and valuable buildings.

Moreover, road pricing should be used comprehensively across this province, which is being paved to death, to address the devastation that new road-building visits upon our history, architecture, agriculture, groundwater quality, forests and wildlife, not to mention the unsustainable urban sprawl and transportation problems it feeds.

Andrew Stewart, Toronto